Number of motorists caught driving while banned rises

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The number of motorists caught driving while banned has increased by 7.5 per cent.

DVLA figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live show that approximately 14,350 people were caught driving in Britain without a licence in 2016, up from 13,350 in 2015.

In all, 109,660 drivers were banned from driving last year. The oldest was 94, while the youngest were three 12-year-olds.

The most extreme example came from one motorist who was caught four times in 12 months. They were also convicted of driving without insurance three times and for failing to stop once in the same period.

Gloucestershire Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, road policing lead for the National Police Chiefs Council, told the BBC: "Generally some people who are disqualified will also be involved in other types of criminality and that might have contributed to them being banned.

"But they'll be people who are driving without insurance because they can't get insurance, because they're disqualified drivers, and so that immediately poses a risk to all of us."

North Yorkshire Police Traffic Constable Dan Hughes said: "There are disqualified drivers out there who will pay no regard whatsoever to the law and the justice system, and if they are told they are disqualified they will just flout that without blinking an eye."

New laws have been brought in that mean anyone convicted of killing someone while driving while banned can be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.